Ship Models

Say hello to my little friend. Super glue allowed me to put some of the stuff (carefully!) on the “top” of the yard on the bowsprit, and then (after cutting it loose) pulling the sail up onto the yard so that it has the proper “billowing” appearance. Ahhhhhh…. Now we’re talkin’! That Andy Gump (no…not …

Continue reading Beloved Super Glue

Well, I posted yesterday an image that showed what I thought was a problem with the sails on the Revell kit. My reasoning was the the wind couldn’t go two directions at the same time. But as my friend Tim Holland pointed out, the lateen sail is used as an airfoil, and the lift generated by …

Continue reading Change to the Change

(Please note that the following entry reflects my pitiful lack of understanding. See tomorrow’s blog entry for details.) I know I said that I intended to make this a “full speed ahead” build, but some things are just beyond my ability to tolerate. I know I can tolerate a lot, including abominable plastic shrouds and sails, …

Continue reading Furled

I’m not working on the Golden Hind today. But I do want to go back and do a “follow up” on a couple of things–so today’s post will be less “action news” and more “thoughtful analysis.” Sorry. I wanted to explain about the work I did planning to modify the blocks so that they could …

Continue reading A Sub-Optimal Post

The rigging of the foremast is complete. As anybody who is an expert on 16th century rigging will immediately notice, there are a couple of bogus lines in this rig. They are there to make sure that the sails “billow” properly. The sails should look like they are being pushed by the wind, or at …

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As soon as I came down on the “free floating” nature of the sails I should have known that I would discover some aspect of the Revell kit which would prove that I was all wet–and so it did–sort of. The lower sail on the fore mast is shown in the instructions with a “cheater” line that …

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Lew Glaser, the founder of Revell, had a dream. It was a slightly mad dream, but all visionaries appear to be slightly mad. He saw a Revell USS Constitution or HMS Bounty on every mantle, and he actually tried to pull it off. Alas, the reality crashes down and we are faced with the facts. …

Continue reading The Great Lost Cause

Ratlines, deadeyes, and assorted related parts–INSTALLED SIR! YAY! Maybe the injection-molded ratlines and shrouds ARE an abomination, on some level. But for me and my ilk, it’s the difference between a model that gets finished and displayed and one that sits on the shelf of doom–never to be completed. I’m not a ship-modeler. Not now. …

Continue reading Worse Than None at All?

I remember getting a writing assignment in the seventh grade. We had one hour to write a story. I sat and thought for half-an-hour before I wrote for half-an-hour. It seemed more logical to me to plan my work and work my plan. My teacher, on the other hand, was freaked out. She actually thought …

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I’m continuing to “do” the vac-form sails. Each one needs to have the threads glued to the edges, as explained in the previous blog entry, and they need to be “weathered” in some way. I decided that the best way to do this would be to grind up some pastels and then rub the powder …

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